What Is A.A.?From The A.A. Preamble
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their
experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common
problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no
dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own
contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or
institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor
opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other
alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
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THE TWELVE STEPS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUSA.A.'s Twelve Steps are a group of principles, spiritual in their nature, which, if practiced as of life, can expel the obsession to drink and enable the sufferer to become happily and usefully whole.
THE TWELVE STEPS
Here are the steps we took, which are suggested as a program of recovery: 1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol” that our lives had become unmanageable. 2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. 3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him. 4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves. 5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs. 6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character. 7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings. 8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all. 9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others. 10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it. 11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out. 12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs. (Reprinted from with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.)
This is our service area
Addison, Bensenville, Elmhurst, Lombard, Oakbrook Terrace, Villa Park, and Wood Dale in DuPage County, Illinois. We will happily help you get in touch with other districts if you are out of our area. If you would like to make an appointment to discuss A.A. as a resource, set up an A.A. meeting, or have a speaker, please contact the us at dist41@aa nia.org
THE TWELVE TRADITIONS OF ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS (Short Form)A.A.'s Twelve Traditions apply to the life of the Fellowship itself. They outline the means by which A.A. maintains its unity and relates itself to the world about it, the way it lives and grows.
THE TWELVE TRADITIONS
1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity. 2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority a loving God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our leaders are but trusted servants; they do not govern. 3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking. 4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole. 5. Each group has but one primary purpose to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. 6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose. 7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. 8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers. 9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve. 10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy. 11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of press, radio and films. 12.Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities. (Reprinted from with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.)
“In my belief, the entire future of our fellowship hangs upon this vital principle. If we
continue to be filled with the spirit and practice of anonymity, no shoal or reef can wreck
us. If we forget this principle, the lid to Pandora’s box will be off and the spirits of Money,
Power, and Prestige will be loosed among us.
I am positive that A.A.’s anonymity is the key to long time survival.
A.A. Comes of Age, pp. 131-132
HOW IT WORKS: The Twelve Concepts
THE TWELVE CONCEPTS
(Short Form) A.A.’s Twelve Steps are principles for personal recovery. The Twelve Traditions ensure the unity of the Fellowship. Written by co-founder Bill W. in 1962, the Twelve Concepts for World Service provide a group of related principles to help ensure that various elements of A.A.’s service structure remain responsive and responsible to those they serve. The short form of the Concepts, which follows, was prepared by the 1974 General Service Conference. I. Final responsibility and ultimate authority for A.A. world services should always reside in the collective conscience of our whole Fellowship. II. The General Service Conference of A.A. has become, for nearly every practical purpose, the active voice and the effective conscience of our whole Society in its world affairs. III. To insure effective leadership, we should endow each element of A.A., the Conference, the General Service Board and its service corporations, staffs, committees, and executives ”with a traditional Right of Decision. IV. At all responsible levels, we ought to maintain a traditional Right of Participation, allowing a voting representation in reasonable proportion to the responsibility that each must discharge. V. Throughout our structure, a traditional Right of Appeal ought to prevail, so that minority opinion will be heard and personal grievances receive careful consideration. VI. The Conference recognizes that the chief initiative and active responsibility in most world service matters should be exercised by the trustee members of the Conference acting as the General Service Board. VII. The Charter and Bylaws of the General Service Board are legal instruments, empowering the trustees to manage and conduct world service affairs. The Conference Charter is not a legal document; it relies upon tradition and the A.A. purse for final effectiveness. VIII. The trustees are the principal planners and administrators of overall policy and finance. They have custodial oversight of the separately incorporated and constantly active services, exercising this through their ability to elect all the directors of these entities. IX. Good service leadership at all levels is indispensable for our future functioning and safety. Primary world service leadership, once exercised by the founders, must necessarily be assumed by the trustees. X. Every service responsibility should be matched by an equal service authority, with the scope of such authority well defined. XI. The trustees should always have the best possible committees, corporate service directors, executives, staffs, and consultants. Composition, qualifications, induction procedures, and rights and duties will always be matters of serious concern. XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy. (Reprinted from with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.)